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by Mikaela Robertson (subscribe)
I'm a young mum living on the Mid North Coast of NSW. I'm the author of Rise and Shine: 101 Days of Inspiration for New Mothers. Visit my blog at
Published May 21st 2018
The most picturesque beach on the Coffs Coast
I've explored up and down the Mid North Coast around the Coffs Harbour region, and by far the most photogenic beach is Sawtell Beach, just ten minutes south of Coffs Harbour.

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Sawtell Beach, ten minutes south of Coffs Harbour

The beach is 2.1km long, and extends from Bonville Headland in the south, to Boambee Headland in the north. Both headlands have a walking path and lookout to enjoy the views of the coastline.

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View of Sawtell from Boambee Headland

At the southern end of Sawtell Beach is an offshore island, which creates a sheltered position on the coast. The island is a popular surf spot for locals (long boards), tourists and learn-to-surfers. Between the island and the headland is a bay/lagoon type area which is sheltered and safer for smaller children than the big waves. On very low tides, you can walk straight across to the island and explore the rockpools.

The main beach is patrolled every day from spring until winter, as well as on weekends throughout the year, and during school holidays. It's important to swim between the flags, as Sawtell can get strong rips. The southern end of the beach is always more protected (near the island).

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The beach is still stunning in winter

To access Sawtell Beach and get your first impressive views, park down near the Surf Club on the corner of Fourth and Second Avenues (there is a carpark and street parking available). The Surf Club has outdoor showers and a tap, as well as public bathroom facilities.

At the front of the Surf Club is the popular new café, The Kiosk, which is open from 6am to 4pm daily, except during bad weather. In front of the café are a couple picnic tables, a lovely grassy hill area to sit and enjoy the views, and a viewing platform.
This is a perfect spot to enjoy your fish and chips, picnic lunch, or to just get down on the sand for a nice beach walk.

A perfect spot to enjoy fish and chips with a view

There are other paths and access points along the beach, which are used by locals. There is a carpark and another public shower/tap near the island, at the base of Bonville Headland, off Boronia Street. Halfway up the hill to Bonville Headland is another parking area next to the boat ramp (only vehicles with boats can go down to the beach).

Dogs are not allowed on the main Sawtell Beach, but can be on leashes north of the main part of Sawtell Beach, in the area which stretches between the rocks up to Boambee Headland (officially 'Murray's Beach').

So if you're after a nice spot to enjoy the views and the renowned swimming spots of the Coffs Harbour coast, make sure you check out Sawtell Beach.

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Why? Check out one of Coffs Harbour's most popular beaches.
Where: Sawtell Beach, Coffs Harbour
Your Comment
I too really like Sawtell.
by May Cross (score: 3|8197) 1495 days ago
It looks delightful. Lovely photos Mikaela! Welcome to WeekendNotes.
by Jenny Prior (score: 3|4244) 1494 days ago
Spent all my holidays there as a child. Wonderful place, can’t wait to take my kids. Is the movie theatre still open? Great story.
by Conne (score: 0|3) 1405 days ago
Such a beautiful beach. Great photos!
by Leanne McCabe (score: 1|10) 1495 days ago
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